IPL rights renewal should yield the biggest delta for SunTV, the owner of Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), as the team's valuation may spike the most, even as the contribution to future market cap may look skewed should the broadcasting business likely grow at a faster clip, Elara Securities said in a report.
Mumbai Indians (MI) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) may contribute 0.7 per cent and 15.5 per cent to their owners', Reliance Industry (RIL) and United Spirits (UNSP), market caps, respectively, the report said.
"We ascribe 14-15.5x market cap/sales valuation to IPL teams, implying a base-case valuation of at least $1.2 billion. This can be 15 per cent higher or lower than the base case, based on factors such as players' profile in the team, higher sponsorship revenue and qualification in play-offs.
"The target valuation is hinged on factors such as franchise team's revenue growth (led by increased yield from media rights) and benchmarking growth/global team franchises' valuations (case in point, Manchester United)," the report said.
Digital/TV to see premiums of 100 per cent/40 per cent over the current base. Based on these premiums, the share of digital might rise to 50 per cent in IPL media rights.
"We anticipate 6 per cent/35 per cent revenue CAGR in FY23E-28E for TV/digital, respectively. This in turn should massively bolster India sports media rights market. And IPL's share may grow to 74 per cent from 54 per cent currently, evincing its importance."
Hitting drills are extremely important for a baseball player to master. This article will discuss the swing through it drill, the soft toss drill, and the One-Hand isolation drill. In addition to these drills, every youth baseball player should practice one of the four following:
Soft toss drill
Soft toss drills are a great way to improve hitting technique. This drill involves throwing soft balls to a catcher or batter and hitting them with a trigger action. The hitter then switches to his top hand and hits the ball, making contact with the soft ball and extending his arm. A soft toss drill is a must for developing players, and one that can be easily adapted for all levels of baseball players.
Bottom hand hitting drill
The Bottom Hand Hitting Drill is an excellent way to teach hitters to use the bottom hand on every swing. This drill forces the hitter to drive with his lower half while maintaining speed through the follow-through motion. Silver Sluggers offers a drill that emphasizes using the bottom hand to hit for power. The drill combines a basic swing with the use of a baseball cleat and a weighted bat to improve players' overall swing mechanics.
Swing through it drill
The Swing through it drill for youth baseball players should emphasize using the entire arm to drive through the ball. A good hitting drill should mimic actual pitches and emphasize catching the ball where you normally make contact. This hitting drill can be found in The Hitting Vault. The batter will stand at a distance equal to the bat's length from the fence and begin the drill. After a few seconds, the batter should drive the ball through the point of contact with the baseball.
One-Hand isolation drill
To improve the strength of the hands of your young players, you can teach them how to swing the bat with one hand. This drill is a great way to help them recognize their mistakes during batting practice and identify them for improvement. You can start by using a lighter bat that will not put stress on your shoulders. Start with your regular batting stance, but start with your bat in the lead hand. Then, switch to your other hand and drive the baseball through the point of contact. Finally, you can try to choke up to improve your hitter's control.
Batting tee drill
There are seven hitting drills every youth baseball player should practice, no matter their skill level. They should be performed regularly to improve their overall hitting skills. A batter should practice aiming to hit each ball into the target area. In other words, he should not be off-balanced throughout the swing. To practice this, batters should be aged seven to 15 years old. A coach can teach these hitting drills to the player.
A determined Gujarat Titans made their maiden Indian Premier League (IPL) season an unforgettable one by lifting the 2022 title with a seven-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals in front of a roaring home crowd of 1,04,859 at the Narendra Modi Stadium on Sunday.
By finishing off a chase of 131 with 11 balls remaining and defeating Rajasthan for the third time in IPL 2022 after losing the toss, Gujarat have capped off a season where they exceeded everyone's pre-tournament expectations to become champions in their debut season of the competition.
Chasing 131 wasn't going to be easy for Gujarat on a slow, dry pitch with variable bounce, where Hardik Pandya had taken a fantastic 3/17 in the first innings. But with a below-par total to chase down, Gujarat paced their chase in a clinical manner to clinch the trophy.
Wriddhiman Saha was clean bowled by a quick inswinger from Prasidh Krishna while Matthew Wade flicked straight to mid-wicket off Trent Boult. After Gujarat could amass just 31/2 from power-play, Rajasthan's bowling continued to be incisive from both ends as Shubman Gill and Hardik Pandya struggled to break free despite some boundaries here and there.
Gill, who was dropped on fourth ball of the innings, earned another reprieve in the eighth over when a hoick down the pitch wasn't caught by a diving extra cover. But the introduction of Ravichandran Ashwin brought Pandya the chance to find his groove, taking the off-spinner for a four with a thick outer edge past the keeper and followed it up with a six over wide long-on.
The 63-run stand off 53 balls between Pandya and Gill ended when Yuzvendra Chahal took out the former with the one turning away and taking the outer edge, giving a catch to slip. It seemed like Pandya's dismissal would leave Gujarat in a spot of bother.
David Miller, one of their key players in the season, began by driving Obed McCoy through extra cover for a boundary and then dispatched an overpitched ball from Ashwin over long-on to make the equation 22 runs off the last four overs.
The left-hander took two boundaries off Krishna's final over, a pull swivelled over fine leg followed by a thick edge through third man. Gill finished off the innings in style with a swivelled six off McCoy over deep square leg to make Gujarat IPL 2022 champions.
Earlier, Pandya recorded his best IPL bowling figures to restrict Rajasthan to a low total in the title clash. With the crowd firmly behind him, Pandya took out Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler and Shimron Hetmyer in a tight bowling display by the bowling unit.
Yashasvi Jaiswal began by playing seven dots before clearing Mohammed Shami over mid-off for a boundary, followed by an emphatic lofted drive over cover for six. He went on to hook Yash Dayal for a six over long leg, but the left-arm pacer struck on the very next ball, cramping the left-hander for room and miscuing the pull to deep square leg.
Despite the Jaiswal blitz, Gujarat kept Rajasthan on a tight leash in power-play, with Lockie Ferguson bowling the fastest ball of the tournament with a wide yorker going past a circumspect Buttler's bat. After Rashid Khan didn't leak any boundary in his first two overs, including getting turn from his googly, Buttler made full use of the width from Ferguson to smash back-to-back boundaries.
Samson tried to up the ante but miscued the pull off the outer edge to backward point off Pandya. He was nailing his hard lengths against Devdutt Padikkal, which eventually forced the left-hander to end his misery by cutting to short third man off Khan. Pandya's seam up delivery on back of the length worked again when Buttler nicked behind to Saha.
Hetmyer carted Pandya for boundaries through off-side in the 15th over. But the Gujarat skipper had the last laugh when the left-hander defended too early on a back of the length ball and popped a simple return catch back to the bowler, effectively breaking the back of Rajasthan's innings.
With R Sai Kishore taking out Ravichandran Ashwin and Trent Boult, Riyan Parag and Obed McCoy produced a boundary each to take Rajasthan to 130 before being dismissed in the final over, paving the way for Gujarat to take the trophy.
Brief Scores: Rajasthan Royals 130/9 in 20 overs (Jos Buttler 39, Yashasvi Jaiswal 22; Hardik Pandya 3/17, R Sai Kishore 2/20) lost to Gujarat Titans 133/3 in 18.1 overs (Shubman Gill 45 not out, Hardik Pandya 34; Trent Boult 1/14, Yuzvendra Chahal 1/20) by seven wickets
The Indian men's badminton team clinched its maiden Thomas Cup title after beating Indonesia 3-0 in the final, here on Sunday,
Victories from Lakshya Sen, the doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty and former World No. 1 Kidambi Srikanth helped India win the coveted trophy, the most prestigious title in men's team badminton. Indian men had previously reached the Thomas Cup semis in 1952, 1955, and 1979 while Indonesia are the most successful nation in the history of the tournament, with 14 titles to their name.
On a historic day, Lakshya Sen won the first point for India after defeating Anthony Ginting 8-21, 21-17, 21-16.
Ginting, the World No. 5, was fast, accurate and extremely dangerous and enjoyed a twelve-point run, to claim the opening game in just 17 minutes. The momentum was with Ginting, who was playing on the more favourable side of the court, playing against the drift, and brimming with confidence but India's top-ranked Sen responded well and upped his pace and attack to win the second game.
The start of the third game saw Ginting get off to a better start, but this time around Sen did not allow the Indonesian to run away with the game. The 20-year-old kept himself within striking distance, and was able to close the gap and draw level with Ginting 12-12.
The Indian star struck back with his own arsenal of shots which had the Indonesian struggling, held his nerves, and eventually pulled off a stunning win over Ginting.
Meanwhile, in the second clash of the day, the Indonesian pairing of Mohammad Ahsan and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo got off to the right start and won their opening game 21-18 against India's Rankireddy and Shetty.
The Indian pair led in the opening stages of the second game but Ahsan and Sukamuljo showed their prowess as they clawed level and went on to hold the first match point opportunity. However, Rankireddy and Shetty refused to give in and fought their way back with some extraordinary display of badminton and managed to scrape ahead and win the second game 23-21.
In the decider, the Indians held the upper hand early but Ahsan and Sukamuljo levelled at 11-11 and moved into the lead. But there was nothing separating the two pairs as they drew level again at 17-17.
Rankireddy and Shetty, who survived four match points in the second game, finally had their first match point opportunity but Ahsan smashed the Indonesians to safety. But on the second time of asking the world No. 8 pairing sealed the 21-19 win for India.
In the third match of the day, Kidambi Srikanth was up against Jonathan Christie. The Indian pretty much the entire way and took the opening game 21-15. The second game was a much closer affair but Srikanth used his experience to perfection and beat Christie 23-21 to clinch the title for India.
West Indies all-rounder and limited-overs captain Kieron Pollard on Wednesday announced his retirement from international cricket, ending his 15-year long career.
Pollard was a West Indian trailblazer in white-ball cricket, becoming the first player to represent West Indies in over 100 T20I matches. The cricketer made his ODI debut in April 2007 against South Africa and his T20I debut the following year against Australia in Bridgetown. Overall, he played 123 ODIs and 101 T20Is for West Indies.
The 34-year-old Trinidadian, who never played a Test for West Indies and was one of the many white-ball specialists for his country, made the announcement through social media.
"After careful deliberation, I have today decided to retire from international cricket. It was a dream of mine to represent the West Indies team from the time I was a boy of 10 years and I am proud to have represented West Indies cricket for over 15 years in both the T20I and ODI forms of the game," Pollard said in a statement on his official Instagram page.
"Wearing those maroon colours and playing alongside such greats has been a privilege that I never took lightly, giving my heart and soul in every facet of the game ? whether bowling, batting or fielding.
"As with many sports, there are highs and lows, but throughout it all I have always felt the unwavering support and love of the fans of West Indies cricket who understand the importance of this great sport to the people of the Caribbean. As I move on and make room for those who will carry the game forward in West Indian colours, know that I will always be supporting in whatever way I can. It is with profound gratitude for living my dream that I now raise my bat in salute to all that is West Indies cricket," he added.
The star all-rounder is currently playing for five-time champions Mumbai Indians in the ongoing IPL 2022.
Pollard led his team in both formats and was also a part of the 2012 ICC T20 World Cup-winning side. He was appointed captain of both the ODI and T20 teams in 2019, with series wins over Australia and England the highlights during his tenure.
In total, the star all-rounder scored 2706 runs and took 55 wickets in ODI cricket. And in T20Is he racked up 1569 runs at a strike rate of 135.14, while also picking up 42 wickets with his handy medium pace.
And in 2021, Pollard became only the third player in the history of the men's international game to hit six sixes in a single over, with his effort against Sri Lanka's Akila Dananjaya helping him into elite company alongside Herschelle Gibbs and Yuvraj Singh.
Former India men's cricket team chief coach Ravi Shastri has opined that Virat Kohli should take a break from the sport in order to overcome his lean patch.
Kohli, the former India skipper in all three formats, stepped down from captaincy roles last year. He has not scored a century in any format since November 2019.
He has had an equally dismal time in the ongoing Indian Premier League with just 119 runs in seven matches at an average of 19.83.
On Tuesday, Royal Challengers Bangalore's Kohli was out first ball in the IPL game against Lucknow Super Giants at the DY Patil Stadium, though skipper Faf du Plessis played an absolutely flawless 96-run innings to guide his team to victory.
With that disappointing outing in the middle, Kohli set a dubious record, going 100 competitive games without a century. Kohli has now gone 17 Tests, 21 ODIs, 25 T20Is, and 37 IPL matches without reaching the three-figure mark, according to a tweet put out by cricket statistician Mahzer Arshad.
India are set to travel to England for a one-off Test in July, to complete their prematurely abandoned WTC23 series last year, and Shastri, who worked closely with Kohli during his time as India's head coach, believes the former captain is "overcooked" and is in need of a break.
"I am going straight to the main guy here. Virat Kohli is overcooked. If anyone needs a break, it's him," Shastri said on the Star Sports show on Tuesday, after Kohli's first-ball duck.
Kohli last scored a century in the Kolkata Test in 2019, against Banglades.
"Whether it's two months or a month-and-a-half, whether it's after (the) England (tour in July) or before England -- he needs a break because he has got six-seven years of cricket left in him and you don't want to lose that with a fried brain."
Former England batter Kevin Pietersen echoed similar sentiments. "The guy has had so much to deal with, from marriage to baby to media scrutiny and all on his personal life. He is the biggest star on show," he said.
"Virat Kohli needs to say, 'Cricket boots, for six months, I will see you later.' Turn off social media, go and get re-energised. When the stadiums are full again, you guarantee him a spot in that side for the next 12, 24 or 36 months. Tell him - You're our guy. We know you'll deliver for us."
Australian cricketer Usman Khawaja's superb run in the recently-concluded away series against Pakistan has seen him leapfrog batting stalwarts such as David Warner, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, Rohit Sharma and Travis Head to jump six spots to No.7 in the latest ICC Test Rankings for batters released on Wednesday.
India's Rohit Sharma and Kohli have dropped one place to eighth and 10th respectively, while Pant is out of the top-10 and is 11th in the latest rankings list.
Khawaja was easily the standout batter in the three-match Test series against Pakistan, having aggregated 496 runs from five innings at a mindboggling 165.33. His scores in the series read 97, 160, 44 not out, 91 and 104 not out -- the last two coming in Australia's series-clinching 115-run win in the third Test at Lahore. That was after he had begun the year with twin hundreds in the New Year's drawn Ashes Test in Sydney, which happened to be his comeback to the format after more than two years.
Pakistan's Abdullah Shafique, who finished as the second-highest run-scorer in the series with 397 runs at 79.40, has jumped 22 spots to break into the top-40, while Mohammad Rizwan has slipped eight spots to No. 19.
England skipper Joe Root has slipped to No.4, with Australia's Steve Smith and New Zealand's Kane Williamson taking up the No. 2 and 3 positions respectively in a chart led by Australia's Marnus Labuschagne.
Among all-rounders, India's Ravindra Jadeja continues to retain the top position, while Ravichandran Ashwin has displaced West Indies' Jason Holder at the No.2 spot. West Indies all-rounder Kyle Mayers brilliance against England in the third Test at Grenada has helped him leap a staggering 29 spots to No. 11.
Among bowlers, Ashwin and Jasprit Bumrah are placed second and fourth respectively in a field led by Aussie Test skipper Pat Cummins. Mayers, who bagged 2/13 and 5/18 in the third Test, his only appearance in the series, has jumped 33 spots to No.48 among bowlers as well. Pakistan's Shaheen Afridi has displaced New Zealand's Kyle Jamieson to claim the fifth spot, while Australian pace bowler Mitchell Starc has jumped four spots to No.11.
In fact, Cummins has further consolidated his status as the top-ranked Test bowler, after having bagged 12 wickets from three Tests, including a game-changing five-for in the third.
In ODIs, Adam Zampa jumped six positions to break into top 10 in the latest ICC ODI Rankings for bowlers. Zampa returned 4/38 in Australia's 88-run win over Pakistan on March 29. Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan jumped four spots to No. 8, while fellow countryman Taskin Ahmed jumped up 15 spots to No.33, with the latter having returned 5/35 in Bangladesh's dominant nine-wicket win over South Africa last week. South Africa's Kagiso Rabada meanwhile, has slipped from No.8 to No. 13.
Bangladesh's Tamim Iqbal has jumped to No.20 in the batting rankings, while South Africa's Quinton de Kock has slipped a spot to fifth, being overtaken by Rohit Sharma. Pakistan's Imam-ul-Haq's gallant hundred on Tuesday has helped him return to the top 10.
Babar Azam, Trent Boult and Shakib continue to top the batting, bowling and all-rounders' charts respectively.
Australia thrashed Pakistan by 88 runs in the first ODI, to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series, here on Tuesday.
With this victory, Australia jumped to the fourth spot from seventh in the ICC Men's World Cup Super League standings, with 70 points after 10 matches. On the other hand, Pakistan remained in the second half of the table, at the 11th position with 40 points.
Pakistan's decision to bowl first backfired as Australia put up a daunting 313/7. Surviving a couple of close calls, openers Travis Head and Aaron Finch put on a 110-run stand to lay the foundation. After Finch's dismissal, Head combined with Ben McDermott to bring up a half-century stand for the second wicket.
Head got a superb hundred off just 70 balls but was out soon after, with debutant Zahid Mehmood claiming the important scalp. However, crucial contributions from the middle and lower-middle order, including a 30-ball 40 not out from Cameron Green, helped Australia set Pakistan a 314-run target, an ICC report said.
In their reply, Pakistan lost Fakhar Zaman (18) early in the chase but a 96-run partnership between Imam-ul-Haq and Babar Azam frustrated the Australian bowlers. Things turned around when Azam was out soon after he got his 18th ODI fifty.
Three more wickets fell in the next six overs. However, Imam-ul-Haq continued to plunder runs and brought up a splendid century that pushed Pakistan past the 200-run mark.
The hosts' joy was short-lived, however, as debutant Ellis nailed Imam with a fiery yorker, and Pakistan slipped to 204/6. The home side imploded thereafter, with Adam Zampa going past 100 ODI wickets as Pakistan were bowled out for 225 runs.
The two remaining matches of the ODI series will be played at the Gaddafi stadium in Lahore on March 31 and April 2.
Brief scores: Australia 313/7 in 50 overs (Travis Head 101, Haris Rauf 2-44) beat Pakistan 225 in 45.2 overs (Imam ul Haq 103; Adam Zampa 4-38) by 88 runs.
The BCCI this year will earn little over Rs 1,000 crore from the Indian Premier League (IPL 2022) central sponsorships, Inside Sport reported.
This will be record sponsorship revenue generated by BCCI till date in 15 seasons of IPL. tHE BCCI this year has signed a new title sponsor in the form of Tata and also two new associate sponsors.
The IPL GC recently announced new deals with RuPay and Swiggy Instamart as central sponsors for IPL. The board for the first time has filled all NINE sponsorship slots for the season, the report said.
The big increase is coming from two sources for the BCCI. First of all the number of sponsors has increased this year.
The IPL GC recently announced new deals with RuPay and Swiggy Instamart as new central sponsors for IPL. The board now has 9 top brands on board for IPL and all slots for sponsorships are filled.
According to available information, the deal with RuPay & Swiggy is in a range of Rs 48-50 crore per annum, Inside Sport reported.
The second gain for the BCCI is coming in from the title sponsorship deal. Though the Tata group is paying Rs 335 crore which is less than what Vivo was paying - but still the BCCI will earn almost 30-40 per cent more.
According to the sources, the deal has been transferred in a manner that all deficit will be borne by VIVO.
The sources informed InsideSport that BCCI will not only get the contracted amounts from VIVO but will also get pro-rata payments of increase in the number of matches for IPL 2022 and IPL 2023.
Vivo had agreed to pay Rs 484 crore for IPL 2022 and Rs 512 crore for IPL 2023 on account of increase in the number of matches during the two forthcoming seasons.
VIVO was supposed to pay Rs 996 crore to the BCCI over next two seasons. Now with Tata group pledging just Rs 670 crore for the same period, the deficit will be borne by Vivo.
Not only this - but as per the contractual understanding, Vivo will also pay 'transfer fee' to the BCCI as was the case when Oppo had transferred their rights to Byju's.
All this will rake in Rs 600 crore plus for BCCI from the title sponsorship slot.
As per the report, BCCI for the first time has filled all six IPL official partner slots. Swiggy Instamart and RuPay are the new additions - both paying in the range of Rs 48-50 crore, Inside Sport reported.
BCCI title sponsorship slot will add Rs 550-600 crore to the board coffers.
PayTM is continuing as official partner and Ceat as strategic timeout partner, the report said.
Dimuth Karunaratne scored his 14th Test century on a difficult pitch but it was not enough to deny India a win by 238 runs on Day three of the second Test at M Chinnaswamy Stadium here on Monday.
With the huge win inside the first two sessions on Day three, the hosts have completed a 2-0 series sweep and pocketed 12 points as part of World Test Championship (WTC) tally.
Karunaratne put up a defiant show against a relentless India bowling attack as Sri Lanka began day three on a positive note. The visitors showed some fight in the start of day's play as Karunaratne used his feet straightaway to take two boundaries off Ravindra Jadeja through the off-side. Runs began to flow for the visitors' as Kusal Mendis glanced and lofted Ravichandran Ashwin for boundaries.
Sri Lanka's aggressive and positive play continued as Mendis swept Jadeja through deep square leg while Karunaratne was lucky in surviving an inner edge off Ashwin. The positivity and decisive attitude in play resulted in Mendis reaching his 12th Test half-century off 57 balls.
The 97-run partnership, highest for Sri Lanka in this series, was broken by Ashwin as Mendis was foxed by drift and dip from round the wicket angle. Mendis danced down the pitch to counter the delivery but the ball went past the outer edge and was stumped from behind by Rishabh Pant.
One brought two for India as Jadeja bowled a quicker delivery to hit Angelo Mathews stumps through the gate. Ashwin then claimed his second wicket of the session as Dhananjaya de Silva was caught at forward short leg, enabling the off-spinner to go past Dale Steyn in the list of leading wicket-takers in Test cricket.
Amidst the wheels coming off Sri Lanka's resistance, Karunaratne stood tall and brought up his fifty in 92 balls. He then welcomed Mohammed Shami with a four whipped through mid-wicket and danced down the pitch to flick Axar Patel through the same region. Supporting him was Niroshan Dickwella, who has managed to hold fort against a relentless India bowling attack.
Karunaratne began the post-lunch session by using the pace of Patel to lap over leg slip. But Patel bounced back to get Dickwella stumped as the left-hander came down the pitch for a swing across the line but the ball went past outside edge and Pant behind did the rest. Patel took his second wicket of the day as Charith Asalanka flicked straight to leg slip.
After a reverse sweep off Patel took him into the 90s, Karunaratne then played a conventional sweep over square leg for four. He then raised his century by flicking through backward square leg off Jasprit Bumrah, becoming only the third Sri Lanka captain to score a Test hundred in India. Karunaratne followed it up by using Bumrah's pace to steer a short ball over the slip cordon.
Karunaratne's resistance ended at 107 as Bumrah got one to come back in and went through his gate to crash into the stumps. In the next over, Ashwin beat Lasith Embuldeniya on the inside edge to trap him lbw in front of stumps.
Bumrah then clean bowled Suranga Lakmal and Vishwa Fernando holed out to mid-off off Ashwin to end Sri Lanka's innings at 210, their highest total in the two-match series.
Brief scores: India 252 and 303/9 d in 68.5 overs (Shreyas Iyer 67; Praveen Jayawickrama 4/78) beat Sri Lanka 109 and 208 all out in 59.3 overs (Dimuth Karunaratne 107; Kusal Mendis 54; Ravichandran Ashwin 4/55, Jasprit Bumrah 3/23) by 238 runs.
Pacer Jasprit Bumrah's historic eighth five-wicket haul (5/24) followed by brilliant half-centuries by Shreyas Iyer (67) and Rishabh Pant (50) helped India tighten their grip over Sri Lanka on the action-packed second day of the second and final Test (pink ball game) at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, here on Sunday.
Sri Lanka were 28/1 at stumps on Day 2, with Kusal Mendis (16) and Dimuth Karunaratne (10) unbeaten at the crease. They need 419 more runs to beat India with three days remaining in the match. Overall, a total of 14 wickets fell and 354 runs were scored on a thrilling day.
Chasing a target of 447 runs to win, Sri Lanka's second innings got off to a disastrous start when Jasprit Bumrah struck in the first over of the innings. With a huge in-swinging delivery, Bumrah wrapped Lahiru Thirimanne on the pads to dismiss the opener for a duck.
However, Karunaratne and Mendis saw it through to the close, and Sri Lanka will return on day three with a huge task in front of them if they are to avoid defeat by a huge margin.
Earlier, resuming the day at 86/6, Sri Lanka could add only 23 runs more to their overnight score as Bumrah took a historic five-for (5/24) to help India bowl out the visitors for 109 in their first innings. It was Sri Lanka's second-lowest total (109) in Tests against India, with the previous low being 82 all out in Chandigarh in 1990.
Spinner Embuldeniya was the first one to get dismissed. Bumrah bowled a good bouncer, which angled into the left-hander as Embuldeniya, while playing a pull shot, top-edged the ball straight to the wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant.
Suranga Lakmal (5), who came to bat next, hit Ashwin for a boundary but Ashwin had the last laugh. Thereafter, Bumrah bowled another bouncer and Dickwella got some glove on the way to the wicket-keeper, giving the Indian pacer his first five-wicket haul at home in Test cricket.
Fernando was the last man to depart. Ashwin spun his web again, outfoxing Fernando and Pant did the rest by stumping him as Sri Lanka were all out for 109 and India took a massive first-innings lead of 143 runs.
After ending Sri Lanka's first innings inside the half-hour of play in the first session, India got off to a good start as Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal began the second innings on a strong note. Mayank, especially, was the most aggressive between the two and hit five boundaries during his innings. Sri Lanka also dropped Rohit when he was on 18 as India's openers went about building the lead with ease.
Mayank had a 42-run opening stand with Rohit, before falling prey to Embuldeniya for 22. However, Hanuma Vihari, who came to bat at No 3 and Rohit continued to pile on the runs and ensured that the hosts didn't lose any more wickets. They extended the lead to 204 runs at tea and kept India in the driver's seat.
Rohit and Vihari continued to bat in the same vein after tea. Sharma looked set to get to his first fifty as captain but it wasn't to be as he fell on 46 after being caught by Angelo Mathews in the deep on the bowling of Dhananjaya. Soon after, Vihari was cleaned up by Jayawickrama, who returned after having had left the field earlier with a foot injury.
Rishabh Pant came in and unleashed fireworks straight away but watched Kohli depart from the other end. The former India captain was done in by a similar dismissal as the first innings where the ball kept low and struck him plumb in front.
However, Pant took the pitch out of the equation with an attacking approach and demoralised the Sri Lankan bowlers. He went on to smash the fastest Test 50 by an Indian, off 28 balls, before being removed by Jayawickrama. Ravindra Jadeja and Shreyas Iyer then remained unbeaten to take India to 199/5 at the dinner break.
India's domination continued after the dinner break, with Shreyas Iyer taking the attack to the Sri Lankan bowlers. He kept finding boundaries with regularity and soon brought up his second fifty of the match. There was some reason to cheer for Sri Lanka as Ravindra Jadeja played on to his own stumps off the bowling of Vishwa Fernando.
But Ravichandran Ashwin and Iyer kept building the lead, which passed well beyond 400 by the time the pair fell in the space of four deliveries. Ashwin was the first to go, edging behind off the excellent Jayawickrama, with Iyer joining him back in the pavilion at the start of the next over when he was trapped in front by Embuldeniya.
A late flurry from Mohammad Shami, who smashed 16 not out off just eight deliveries, helped score some quick runs. But when Axar Patel was bowled by Embuldeniya, India opted to declare with their scorecard reading 303-9 and setting a target of 447 runs for Sri Lanka to win.
Brief scores: India 252 & 303-9 decl in 68.5 overs (Rishabh Pant 50, Shreyas Iyer 67; Rohit Sharma 46; Praveen Jayawickrama 4/78, Lasith Embuldeniya 3/87) vs Sri Lanka 109 & 28/1 in 7 overs (Kusal Mendis 16 not out, Dimuth Karunaratne 10 not out; Jasprit Bumrah 1/9) lead by 419 runs.